Disaster Beyond: Dib/Mattingly/Middendorf

Disaster Beyond: Mattingly/Dib/Middendorf

A Panel Discussion of a Post Harvey Environment and Beyond
July 18th, 7-8pm
Winston Gallery
2426 Bartlett St. Suite D
Houston TX

galleryHOMELAND is please to invite you Wednesday night July 18th for a special panel discussion with artists Mary Mattingly (NYC), Lina Dib (Houston), and curator Paul Middendorf ( Houston ). Hurricane Harvey was the worst flood disaster in US history, devastating a large region of Texas and crippling infrastructure for months after.  The damage was not limited to mere flooding but destroyed various industrial holding facilities, factories, and refineries causing long lasting environmental damage for decades to come. How bad was it? What neighborhoods were involved? What is happening to fix it? There is much we don’t know and much more to wonder what is being done to fix this.  This panel discussion chooses three individuals working closely with environmental issues and tragedies throughout their projects and work. Through first hand accounts and investigations this panel cuts through the rumors and delivers a riveting conversation on what happened and what’s to be expected. The panelist will work through solutions and evaluations of the current situation of Texas and beyond, working through this recent disaster and projections of the future.

Mary Mattingly is a visual artist living and working in New York City.  Currently, “Swale” is a floating food forest for New York. In 2015, she completed a two-part sculpture “Pull” for the International Havana Biennial with the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de la Habana and the Bronx Museum of the Arts. Mary Mattingly’s work has been exhibited at the International Center of Photography, the Seoul Art Center, the Brooklyn Museum, the New York Public Library, deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, and the Palais de Tokyo. With the U.S. Department of State and Bronx Museum of the Arts she participated in the smARTpower project, traveling to Manila. In 2009 Mattingly founded the Waterpod Project, a barge-based public space and self-sufficient habitat that hosted over 200,000 visitors in New York. In 2014, an artist residency on the water called WetLand launched in Philadelphia. It is being utilized by the University of Pennsylvania’s Environmental Humanities program. Mattingly has been awarded grants and fellowships from the James L. Knight Foundation, Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology, Yale University School of Art, the Harpo Foundation, NYFA, the Jerome Foundation, and the Art Matters Foundation. Her work has been featured in Aperture Magazine, Art in America, Artforum, Sculpture Magazine, The New York Times, New York Magazine, Financial Times, New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, the Brooklyn Rail, the Village Voice, and on BBC News, MSNBC, Fox News,NPR, and on Art21′s New York Close Up series

Lina Dib is a multidisciplinary artist and anthropologist living and working in Houston TX. Her installations and compositions range from the experimental to the ethnographic and investigate socio-technical and ecological change. Dib is an affiliate artist at the Topological Media Lab at Concordia University in Montreal and Tx/Rx labs in Houston, and research fellow at the Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences at Rice University where she also teaches. She is also co-founder of Fossilized Houston and the Solar Studios. Her work has been supported by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Canada’s Social Science and Humanities Research Council, AMIDA’s European training program, and the Moody Center for the Arts. Recent publications include Audible Observatories: Notes on Performances (Bloomsbury); Sonic Breakdown, Extinction and Memory (continent.), The Forgetting Dis-ease: Making Time Matter (differences), and Of Promises and Prototypes: The Archeology of the Future (LIMN). Her work has been presented at venues including, Hierarchy Gallery Washington DC, Lawndale Art Center Houston, Yerba Buena Gardens San Francisco, MOP Projects Sydney, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Day For Night, the Whitney Biennial 2017, and Johnson Space Center NASA.During Hurricane Harvey Dibs work led her, with a group of academics to East Texas to investigate and report on several undocumented chemical spills. Dib continues to unravel the environmental devastation and using the ongoing data for future change.

Paul Middendorf is a artist, writer, curator, and executive director of galleryHOMELAND in Houston TX.  His work on a regular basis is organizing and programming interdisciplinary events and exhibitions nationally and internationally through his non profit galleryHOMELAND in the 2nd Ward of Texas. During Hurricane Harvey, Middendorf was involved in high water boat rescue for the first week of Harvey.  Post Harvey with a team of medical staff, Middendorf started the Houston Rescue Clinic, which delivered medical supplies, treatment, and vaccines to those civilian first responders working within those contaminated waters. Through his emergency dispatch with the Houston Rescue Coordination, the Houston Rescue Clinic became a medical distribution channel as well as data source for contaminated waters and neighborhoods.  The Houston Rescue Clinic continued to delivered supplies and efforts to Florida, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and Virgin Island. Working closely with The City Hall of Houston and other like medical organizations, Middendorf and team are continuing efforts to better recovery and preparation for the next regional disaster. His writing has been featured in publications around the country and his work has been exhibited at PS1 MOMA, Istanbul Biennial, Scope Art Fair Miami and Hamptons, Park Your Art at Deitch Projects Miami, as well as projects in Switzerland and Germany.